NHRC to prevent use of children in election activities
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday that they will act tough to not allow the use of children in election-related publicity works targeting the upcoming Constitution Assembly (CA) polls on November 19.
Talking with RSS, Bed Prasad Bhattarai, Acting Secretary of NHRC, said that they will disallow the mobilization of children this time around. In the last election of 2008, children were found to have used by political parties in election campaigns, which hampered their studies.
"We have already apprised political parties of this issue. We will involve in monitoring works to see if children are used in political parties' rally, mass meeting and publicity works," said Bhattarai, adding that they have drawn the attention of all stakeholders to prevent the misuse of children and help operate teaching and learning activities peacefully.
Similarly, stressing that Nepal has already signed and ratified the International Child Rights Convention, 1989, UNICEF Nepal representative, Hanaa Singer, expressed concern that the children below 18 years of age must not be allowed in political activities.
Likewise, NHRC's Human Rights Protection Officer, Yam Bahadur Dura, said that they have urged the political parties to not use children in election and added that not only the Child Rights Convention, but 'Child Rights Act, 2049 BS' and 'Child Rights Regulations, 2051 BS' of Nepal also prohibit the use of children in election.
Asserting that the schools have already been declared as the 'Zone of Peace', the NHRC and UNICEF have further urged the political parties to not organize any political programs in the school areas. Nepalnews.com